SunOpta Inc. (NASDAQ:STKL) could be one of the best stocks that investors may want to consider for their portfolio today as the company shares are trading 4.08% or 0.1 points up from last closing price of $2.45, reaching $2.55 at last check. Any clue why there is so much of action in the STKL stock? The share price has risen in 3 of the last 5 days and is down -34.49% over the past week. It will be exciting to see whether the stock manages to continue increasing or take a minor break for the next few days. The move came on solid volume too with far more shares changing hands than in a normal session. Trading activity as of this writing strengthened by 442,705 shares, and in total 657605 shares valued at $1.677 million were seen changing hands compared with 214900 shares valued at $526505 recorded at the previous session. You should take into consideration that a greater volume on higher prices causes bullish signal for the market. It shows the sentiment is in an uptrend and more and more traders want to enter in the STKL stock.
SunOpta Inc. (STKL) shares have notched a 3-month decline of about -34.49%, but has still tumbled -36.69% year to date. By comparison, the stock sank -67.11% over the past 12 months, while it jumped 11.36% over the 1 month. The company’s market cap is around $235.18M, with its short interest ratio standing at 10.01%.
In the current trading session for STKL, the stock witnessed two major price actions, it rose to a high of $2.59 and was down as much as $2.37 at one point. The high recorded is very low when compared to their 52-week high which is $1.98. The 52-week high is now at -67.99 distance from current price. Their recent low of $7.95 represents a 28.54% recovery. This data is quite important for investors who look to benefit from the recent rise of the company’s stock. The price target currently for STKL is $3.67, this is below the recent high that the stock attained. Taking a look at the overall sentimental views of financial analysts, the trading pattern of this stock recently is very clear.
The stock of SunOpta Inc. earned $-1.04 per share in the trailing 12 months and has a P/E ratio of -2.45. You can compare it with that of similar companies in its industry to get a sense of whether the stock you’re looking to purchase is overvalued or undervalued. Its current price to earnings ratio is lower than the ones recorded by the industry which is 25.51 and lower compared to the sector’s average of 29.69. When the P/E ratio is low let’s say below 1.0, then the stock price is considered a good value. STKL also has P/S multiple of 0.2. This is smaller versus the 12 month P/S ratios of other companies in the same indutry. The peer average price to sales ratio is 0.24x.
The company recorded an interesting insider purchase transaction by the Insider on Aug 19, 2019. A Securities and Exchanges Commission filings show that Robert Duchscher bought a total of 19,310 STKL shares that day for a sum of around $43,061. The filings show that the insider stake has now grown to 66,245 shares, currently worth $168,925. SunOpta Inc. (STKL) insiders have acquired 321,509 shares in the stock within the past three months. The total insider sales reported to the SEC in that time frame amounted to shares. In total, individual insiders traded 321,509 shares in the business, which makes up 26.26% of 1,224,313 shares that were traded over a year. In the past 12 months, insiders have purchased 1,176,494 shares while the seller parted with 47,819 shares.
STKL‘s last price was down -28.67% as compared to the average trading price of 50 days recorded at $3.57 while enlarging the period to 200 trading days, the average closing price was $2.69. At present, there are 95.99 million in the total number of common shares owned by the public and among those 85.59 million shares have been available to trade. The percentage of shares being held by the company management was 2.2% while institutions stake was 62.5%. The company has generated negative returns on equity over the last 12 months (-56.7%). It managed to keep its gross profit margin at 9% over the past 12 months.
When assessing the full upside of the STKL stock, there is another set of technicals that should be looked into and considered. Its 8.41% gain from moving average of $2.35 has brought about a positive sentiment when calculated over the last 20 days. The market has allocated a beta of 0.73 to the stock. With the beta been less than one, this implies that the company shares are theoretically less volatile than the market, something that the traders definitely are keeping an eye on.
Most of the analysts surveyed by Thomson/First Call think quite highly of SunOpta Inc. — 1 analysts rate the stock as a buy with another 0 rating it strong buy. There are 0 analysts who maintain a hold rating for the stock, with 0 giving it a sell rating. Analysts arrived at a 12-month price target of $3 on shares of SunOpta Inc. (NASDAQ:STKL), which corresponds to 17.65% upside potential than its current market price of $2.55 and implies potential despite the recent advance in the price. However, their current target price has fallen from $3 a month ago and is down handily from the consensus target of $10 a quarter ago.
In the last five years, the EPS of the company has been roughly -59.9%. Though the percentage looks disappointing, extra tailwinds are emerging as looking out over a next 5-year period, with analysts estimating that their earnings will increase annually by 3.8%. The revenue of the company has risen at an average annualized rate of about 4.8 over the last five years. The company recently recorded a drop of -8.2%, but this figure is rather unattractive.
Let’s briefly check the hedge fund interest towards STKL stock. River & Mercantile Asset Management LLP changed position in the company and now owns 466,187 shares worth $1,188,777, SEC documents show. Atria Investments LLC shored up assets in the stock as 55313.5 shares have been purchased, increasing its stake by 37.8% to 76,222 shares which are currently valued at $194,366. In addition, Nomura Holdings Inc. recently reported that it now owns 59,632 shares making a total of $152,062 based on the recent price. This refelects a change of -57.3% in their ownership.